The American, starring George Clooney, is based on Martin Booth’s A Very Private Gentleman. Considering what the connotation the word “American” brings to an espionage thriller, A Very Private Gentleman, or anything else besides “The American” for that matter, would have been a more fitting title.
If you think that I am hung up on the use of the word “American” in this instance, I am. It provides the central character with a distinguishable characteristic (as if being played by Clooney isn’t enough of one) that comes with a set of expectations. In a movie that has little working in its favor, the word “American” dilutes a central aspect of this film – the fact that the main character is supposed to be mysterious and isolated.
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